This year, the Sunnyside City Council will be looking at a biennial budget, and last night the proposed budget was introduced to council members at a workshop.
City Manager Mark Gervasi introduced the budget, stating there are many strengths and opportunities in the budget.
He said, "We want to think strategically and focus on the long range vision for the city."
A $1 million contingency remains in place within the proposed budget, which also includes a proposed title change.
Proposed is the approval of Finance and Administrative Services Director Byron Olson's title. Gervasi would like to name him Sunnyside's Deputy City Manager. This would, according to Gervasi, change Olson's salary slightly. Olson would also be second in the chain of command at city hall.
Gervasi would like to add an office assistant position at city hall and a police officer position has also been added for the proposed 2011-12 budget.
The proposed budget, he said, has been reduced to just over $26 million, whereas the city's 2009 budget was more than $33 million.
Olson explained there were several large public works projects in 2009 that contributed to the large budget.
Public safety, said Olson, is a priority. He said the proposed budget, as a result, will demonstrate cuts in "non-public safety" departments.
"While it is always possible to do more with more resources, the 2011-12 preliminary budget is a balanced and measured approach to expenditures that are within the city's means," said Gervasi.
Further discussions about the proposed budget begin with a special meeting this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Sunnyside Law and Justice Center. To be discussed will be estimated revenues for 2011-12 and the fire department budget.